Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer wins record Hopman Cup title

Federer wins record Hopman Cup title

Federer, who has put in commanding performances for his country in Perth, was sublime again as he brushed aside the 21-year-old World Tour Finals champion with a 6-4 6-2 win.

Switzerland claimed their country's third Hopman Cup a year ago, with Federer, who first won the title in 2001 with Martina Hingis, and Kerber winning their respective singles and the Swiss taking the deciding mixed doubles.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, first won the Hopman Cup in 2001, joining forces with Martina Hingis to beat the United States in the final.

Federer, who also beat Zverev in three sets in last year's Hopman final, clinched the match with a typically crisp forehand volley.

Germany and Switzerland will lock horns in the final of the mixed-teams event for a second straight year.

I played well and served good.

Federer was simply irresistible in his singles match, countering the power of Zverev with classy stroke play and unpredictable deftness.

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Josh Hazlewood (2-105) claimed two wickets, including the prized wicket of Kohli for 23 and opener Lokesh Rahul for nine. But he and Pant upped the ante in the second hour, adding another 54 runs later in the session.

The 37-year-old won his second crown alongside Bencic last year, beating Zverev and Kerber.

Muguruza had treatment after the third game of the first set against Cornet, by which time she had two breaks of serve and a 3-0 lead, and returned to the court with her left thigh heavily strapped.

It wasn't until Kerber's third chance that a backhand victor secured the 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win.

Kerber looked in control for the majority of her highly-anticipated showdown against the in-form Barty, winning the first set in 32 minutes and picking up the decisive break early in the second.

Critical was Kerber's ability to convert all four of her break points during the match, while Bencic was only successful on two of seven.

"It was a hard one", Barty said post-match. "Ash is always a tricky opponent", she said.

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